December 4, 2007 Subject:
the Cheese were made for Telluride
Great set, guys. I've always loved many of the bands and musicians featured at the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals. Only been to a couple of 'em myself. The music is mostly stellar. Most of all, I've always been delighted watching Sam Bush set the bar over the years, and influencing Newgrass music to this day. Sammy has spear-headed Telluride's great run over the decades. It should be named the Sam Bush Telluride Newgrass Festival. Look at all the wonderful forms of Newgrass music we have now, and any relevent variant bands. Let's not forget the influence Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead made. Those boys set the bar for jamming, incredible energy, amazing sound, splendid genre, 1000s of long shows, and especially being darn nice folks along the way.
I've been in and out of this music scene since the early 70s. I ran into the Live Music Archive a year ago. My favorite Grateful Dead shows are here now. There's plenty more where that came from. All Dead-heads "looking" understand what's happening on the LMA these days -- 2875 tapes, spanning 30 years. Thanks archive-dot-org and e-tree-dot-org. Now we're pretty well-connected.
I decided to look for Sammy on here. I love his playing and his singing. I worship his energy and his style. This is how I ran into SCI. Isn't that sick? I found them playing with Sammy. Not bad for a music lover like me. Not to mention, we're homies. SCI is in Boulder, and I'm in Ft. Collins. I first heard SCI and Sammy playing an historic show at Merlefest, 2000. What a set they did there! Get the sbd here: http://www.archive.org/details/sci2000-04-28-bush
SCI just retired, doing a 4-day run, making their last stand at Red Rocks in Aug, 2007. Homies are homies. Thanks SCI for making history over an eleven-year-plus run. I tallied 1026 tapes here on the LMA. What's that, about 100 shows each year? Playing this fantastic music? Wow, people. I call that hallowed ground. Download this precious set everyone. Let's love these wonderful guys some more.
Lester Had A Coconut is so sweet here. I heard Round the Wheel for the first time at Merlefest. The early version of Wheel here is just as stunning and interesting. where did SCI come up with some of this stuff? I rested my case above. I'll let these guys speak, or rather, play for themselves. Amazing music played here by the Cheese. Tight as a drum. The sound quality is excellent on this one. These Telluride shows with early SCI are gems. Thanks for all the great music guys. Get SCI's 1st Telluride show from last year. It's another stunner and history-maker: http://www.archive.org/details/sci1996-06-20.shnf
ps: Hope my info on SCI is accurate. It's based on my LMA searches. Wikipedia says SCI formed in 1993. First show listed on the LMA is early 1995.